Mercedes-Benz focuses largely on road-going manners with its M-Class SUV, but the G-Class is a hard-core off-road machine that comfortably seats five people. Competitors include the Hummer H2 and Land Rover Range Rover.
There are no major changes for 2010.
This distinctive SUV’s strictly utilitarian appearance is somewhat softened by body-colored bumpers and rocker panels, plus a stainless steel spare-tire cover. At 183.5 inches long on a 112.2-inch wheelbase, the G-Class is 77.8 inches tall and 71.3 inches at its widest.
- Spare wheel cover
- Body-colored door handles
- New Palladium Silver paint option
Leather upholstery is complemented by burl walnut or maple wood trim. Standard equipment includes automatic climate control, power windows and locks, DVD navigation, power front seats with three-position memory, and rear parking assistance.
- Alcantara leather headliner in G55 AMG
- Rear-passenger reading lamps
- Optional HD radio and Sirius Real-Time Traffic
- Ambient lighting is standard
- New leather dashboard
Depending on the model, there are two engine options that can be teamed with a five- or seven-speed automatic transmission.
- G550’s V-8 produces 382 horsepower and 391 pounds-feet of torque and teams with a seven-speed automatic
- G55 AMG’s supercharged V-8 makes 500 hp and is teamed with a five-speed automatic
A variety of safety features are standard, including:
- Antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist
- Electronic stability system
- Side curtain airbags